The Stewards Foundation Again Hosts the Summer Youth Rowing Camp

The Stewards Foundation Again Hosts the Summer Youth Rowing Camp

TAMPA, Fla. - During two full weeks in July, 30 local youth walked into the Stewards Foundation boathouse in downtown Tampa each morning for 2 and 1/2 hours of training in the sport of rowing.  The student athletes immersed themselves in the sport as a means to learn and practice the valuable life skills of sportsmanship and teamwork.  Stewards Foundation vice-president, Denny Antram, calls rowing “the great equalizer”. He says, “It requires perhaps the closest coordination between individuals in a boat.... There are no stars, it is the [crew].”

Partnering with the city Parks and Recreations programs made it easier to reach more youth and to provide greater access to the sport.  The students came from all over Tampa, representing over 17 different schools, such as Stewart Middle, Academy Prep, Roland Park, Tampa Bay Tech, King, Trinity, and more. 

Over half of the participants have indicated a desire to continue in the sport either in the high school or middle school programs.  Many people who take up the sport of rowing have found it to remain a part of their lifestyle because of its many benefits.  These benefits include better health, teamwork skills, communication skills, and social skills.  But one of the biggest traits that rowing promotes is perseverance.  As a “working sport” that requires a lot of hard work and determination, you must be able to overcome a lot of obstacles to move forward and succeed in the sport.

The Summer Youth Rowing Camp was possible thanks to volunteers from The Stewards Foundation, Berkeley Prep, Plant High, Robinson High, and Jesuit.  For more information about Stewards Foundation classes and programs, please visit www.rowtampa.com.

The Stewards Foundation is registered as a charitable Corporation. {IRS code 501(C) 3}.  The Stewards mission is to use the sport of Rowing as a vehicle to teach teamwork and responsibility to young people.

Release courtesy of the Stewards Foundation.